Three running for two board spots in Minoa

— Area voters will be able to cast their ballot in two local, village elections on Tuesday.

Residents in Minoa will decide their next mayor and two trustees Tuesday, March 20.

Voting runs from noon to 9 p.m. at village hall.

For results of the election, check EagleBulletin.com for updates Tuesday night.

Richard Donovan.

Running for mayor. Incumbent.

Donavan is the current mayor of the village of Minoa. He has been a resident since 1971, is the president of the Onondaga County Mayors Association and first Vice President of the New York Conference of Mayors. He’s married to Phyllis, has two children, John and Beth-Ann and four grandchildren.

Why are you running for office?

I enjoy working with a great staff to provide the services we do for our Village residents at the best possible cost. I firmly believe in working as a team and as a team we have and we will continue to accomplish great things that have and will in the future benefit our taxpayers. A couple of examples are the creation of our CERF (Cleanwater, Educational, Research, Facility) project as part of our Wastewater Treatment Facility which is working towards becoming a zero waste facility while creating energy from human waste. That project in partnership with SUNY ESF is using interns from SUNY ESF and ESM in a collaborative research and educational effort which benefit the village through the use of free labor while giving the students a valuable resume builder in a real life environment. The project will also start using food waste from ESM to create more energy while reducing to cost of waste disposal at ESM. Secondly due to the continued rising costs of State mandates, the retirement fund double digit increases and the loss of sales tax monies we found ourselves to have an underfunded and understaffed ambulance service. We went through a process lasting a year and a half of making changes in that department leading to the outsourcing through an collaborative agreement with WAVES Ambulance, a not-for-profit organization which gives us triple the management staff including a physician and a large employee pool while saving the taxpayers money and maintaining a community based ambulance. Lastly I’ve been truly honored to be elected by my peers to represent them as an Executive Officer of NYCOM (New York Conference of Mayors) I’m currently 1st. VP and next year as President I’ll represent our 581 member cities and villages across the state in an effort to influence our state elected officials to reduce the tax burden on our residents. Our main agenda items are and will be the onerous unfunded state mandates that all levels of local government and school districts are burden with. Governor Cuomo is taking drastic steps to that end and we will support him in that effort.

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